Thursday, March 28, 2013

Saturday by Kate Spade

Kate Spade's Saturday launched last week.
The brand focuses on prints, colour and utility across its lines
of clothing, bags, accessories and homeware.
The brand has a causal, Saturday feel.

Saturday by Kate Spade

The best part is that, if you join the site, you can earn points
when you invite others, favourite an item or share items with friends,
which you can then use toward a selection of items.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

London Guide: Bea's of Bloomsbury

Bea's of Bloomsbury is a fantastic bakery, with branches in Bloomsbury,
St Paul's and on Matlby Street.  They have a regular selection of cupcakes,
cakes and brownies in their shops (along with gems like mango and strawberry
marshmallows), and you can pre-order from a larger variety, listed on their website.

I think the best part about Bea's is the lunch menu.  It changes daily,
includes a variety of salad, sandwiches, quiche, roasted veg, roasted meat,
soup and some kind of bake.  You can get a small take-away box (plenty 
big enough) with three of those choices for just £5 - and that's £5 much
better spent than on some pre-made boxed sandwich.

How great are these cake stands from Undergrowth?

Their cupcakes really are as a good as they look, and I'll admit it (quietly) -
I think cupcakes are overrated and usually form over substance.

Bea's is also currently hosting a number of classic movie nights,
often with American-themed food, at the Maltby Street location.

(Photos from Bea's of Bloomsbury)

Ratings: (numbers out of 10, £ out of 4)
Food: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Service: 8
Price: £ to ££
Overall experience: 8

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Where I'd Rather Be...

It has been unseasonably cold in London this week (read 30s and light snow,
instead of 60s and rain), and it's Wednesday, so of course I'm at work.

There is nothing I would rather do today (or most days) than curl up on my
couch with my duvet, a big mug of tea and a book (or a few).
I admit that most days there's nothing I would rather be doing than reading,
but today it sounds particularly luxurious.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A London To-Do List

I know that the time of year has something to do with it,
but I've been feeling very cooped up lately and want to 
get out and enjoy London more. I love living in this amazing
city, but sometimes everyday crap gets in the way of really
getting out and appreciating everything the city has to offer.

So here's my current London to-do list:

1. David Bowie is - at the V&A
From 23 March to 28 July, the V&A is putting on an international
retrospective of Bowie's career, which will examine his creative process,
and Bowie as a musical innovator and creative and style icon.
Can't wait.

2. Bounce - Holborn Circus
Bounce is a new bar, serving up food and drink as normal,
but with ping pong. You can rent ping pong tables for 30-minute or
60-minute slots, but I imagine there is quite a waiting list on Thursday
and Friday nights - this being in the heart of the lawyer end of the City.

3. Farmer Tom's Kitchen at the Abbey Tavern - Kentish Town
I read a review of Farmer Tom's Kitchen in the cheap eats issue of Time Out,
and I've wanted to go since.  The proprietor, Farmer Tom Jones, raises sheep
on a family farm on the Welsh boarder, and focuses on high-quality, well-raised
meat at his gastro-pub.  As you can see form the menu, all cuts and sources
are highlighted. Turns out he also supplies meat to St John in Clerkenwell and Spitalfield.

4. Lichtenstein: A Retrospective - Tate Modern
Tate Modern is exhibiting the first full-scale retrospective of Lichtenstein's work 
in over 20 years from 21 February to 27 May. This exhibit has
has been really popular so far, and articles have been written all over London
highlighting his contribution to pop art.

5. The Rum Kitchen - Westbourne Park
I've read recent reviews for this West London restaurant in Emerald Street
and Time Out, and it sounds like the real deal. As you can see from their menu
below, The Rum Kitchen serves up classic Caribbean food. They also have 
over 100 rums in house, and I hear their bartenders really know what
they're doing.

Monday, March 11, 2013


I've been wanting to get dressed up lately.
With nowhere in particular to go, I think any of these
beauties would make me feel a bit fancy.

Baubles March 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

London Guide: Queen of Hoxton

Monday night, K and I attended a birthday party at the Queen of Hoxton,
located at 1-5 Curtain Road, close to Shoreditch High Street.

The best part about this bar/club/art gallery is the WigWamBam on the roof.
There are fire pits outside around the wig wam, green houses of sorts where the 
loos are and fairy lights on the fencing. It feels like you're sitting in someone's backyard.

Not only is does this provide a bit of cognitive dissonance to accompany your
booze while in East London, there is also an outdoor grill serving up a different
free range, organic meat for each weekday (Monday = wild boar sausages).
AND they do s'mores!

The worst part about the rooftop bar is that they only serve bottled beer,
neat booze and shots and mulled cider.  If you want a pint or a cocktail
(and they do have nice cocktails), you've got to walk down five flights
of stairs to get to the main bar. It was worth it on a Monday, but I'm
not sure that it would be on a busy night when it's packed.

Monday night at the Queen of Hoxton is also Ukulele Hootenanny,
which involved around 20 people sitting around a table playing
rock/folk songs on the ukulele and singing. It looked pretty awesome,
and you can rent a ukulele from the bar.

Ratings: (numbers out of 10, £ out of 4)
Food: 7
Drinks: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Crowd: 8
Price: £
Overall experience: 8

Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring 2013: Pastels

Pastels and candy colours seem to be everywhere right now, 
in a bid to bring everyone into spring and brighten up
what has felt like a very long, grey winter.

Spring 2013 Pastels


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